Dungeness is one of my favourite destinations in Kent this time of year , i headed there via Wallend Marsh , on route i picked out a distant Barn Owl drifting over a field near the Royal Military canal , i managed to locate the huge herd of wild swans on the marsh and enjoyed distant views of approx 90 Bewicks Swans , i also managed to pick out one adult Whooper Swan although there were meant to be two adults present , still i was happy with one.
Digi Scoped male Smew.
From Wallend Marsh i headed off to Dungeness and i soon picked out 3 Great White Egrets from the roadside , there were hundreds of ducks on the Arc pits , mainly Gadwall , Shoveler and Teal plus several female Goldeneye were scattered about , i also saw one drake Smew and approx 4 Redheads during the course of the day , i carried on my journey and ended up by the fishing boats looking for the Glaucous Gull but my luck run out with this one today , however i did see a very impressive adult winter Med Gull fly over my head , the sea was very productive with hundreds of Razorbill , Guillemot and Great Crested Grebes either on the sea or flying by , there were lesser numbers of Gannet , Kittiwake and Red Throated Divers but all were very close in .
Tree Sparrow at the start of the entrance track .
The weather had turned really bad by half ten , strong on shore winds and rain plus it was pretty cold so i decided to head for the RSPB reserve and had some excellent views of Tree Sparrow at the start of the entrance track , when i reached the reserve car park i was greeted with this really smart Fox which was feeding under the bird feeders .
Fox feeding under bird feeders .
This Fox allowed me to get very close to it in the car , i could have reached out and stroked it , it looked quite healthy and fairly young , certainly not an adult Fox . i picked out a very brief Firecrest in the bushes behind the feeders which was a nice bonus plus the usual Chaffinch , Greenfinch , Blue and Great Tit were well represented here , i spent another couple of hours around the reserve adding a few more year ticks here and there but the rain was making it very hard going so i decided to call it a day around 3 pm .